Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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Blackberry Curve 9300
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Blackberry Curve 9300
Advantages: BBM is brilliant, abilty to change layout using themes
Disadvantages: Slow Internet, phone slows down if phone uses up to much memory
I got my very own Blackberry Curve 9300 as a gift for my last birthday in April, and upon discovering it I was very exicted to finally own my very own Blackberry. The Blackberry is well known for its vast amount of features, most notably its messaging service BBM and its ability to download apps for the phone through the phones service known as "Blackberry App World". With a whole load of other features, the Blackberry is filled with hundreds of items, and definitely is more than just a simple phone for texting and making calls.
But perhaps having so many features avaliable is one of the phones first downfalls. With the huge number of apps avalaible to download (with a fair majority being free), you may quickly find yourself filling up your phone with lots of new apps. Many of the apps are entertaining, and the ability to also download themes to change the layout and background of your phone is a welcomed feature, however you will soon find that having a fair few apps and themes on your phone will have an impact on your phones speed, both in navigating the menus and even the internet. Furthermore the internet isnt exactly the best avaliable either. It is is in general fairly slow, and will even sometimes cut out on you, leaving you without internet for a few minutes up to half an hour before it decides to start working again. It becomes very aggrovating if your researching something with your blackberry or perhaps ordering something online and the internet decides to cut out. It is possible to download other browsers through the Blackberry App World such as "Opera Mini", which do work a lot better than the phones default browser. However, with many people today putting a huge focus on the internet capabilties of all the new hi-tec phones today, it is a major downfall on Blackberry's behalf.
What does clearly stand out though with the Blackberry 9300 is its messaging service, BBM. BBM works a lot like any messaging service, such as MSN messenger. Each Blackberry has a 8 character long code which serves as there individual BBM account. To add people to your messaging list, you simply just add there 8 character long code, and once the other person has accepted, they are added to your message list. BBM in itself is brilliant though. It uses a very simple chat interface which clearly displays who your chatting too and who is saying what. You can edit your own profile with a photo and write a personal message, similar to a status you would write on Facebook. Another important feature is that BBM constantly runs, so you will always recieve a message if someone messages you through BBM, and vice versa if you message someone else. With the added abilty to send photos, videos, music, notes, web addresses etc, BBM really is a cut above the rest and a clear winnning feature on the Blackberry. Obviously BBM is only benificial if you have friends and have family who own a Blackberry too, so this is important to bear in mind. However, Blackberry do also havel lots of chat/social apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Msn Messenger and Whats App, which are all free to download and are all worthy subsitutes of BBM for keeping in contact with friends and family while avoiding heafty phone bills or constantly topping up on pay as you go.
Overall the Blackberry is a cheaper alternative to some of the more pricey hi-tec phones on the market, but does have some downfalls.
Summary: A decent enough phone if you cant go out purchasing the more expensive hi-tec phones.
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